If you're anything like me- you've discovered the world of Pinterest-the site that lets you "pin" anything on the web that tickles your fancy onto a board and revisit from anywhere. Also, if you're anything like me, you've pinned a zillion recipes, DIY ideas and interesting products that you have every intention of "getting around to."
After drooling over recipes and cute little crafts for months and never once attempting any of them- I've decided to start this blog as an incentive to finally try and review some of my pins.
I started last night with this recipe for Homemade Butterfinger Bars from the Plain Chicken blog. I chose something super easy to start with since I had a meeting last night and knew I wouldn't be home until 8pm. These bars have only 3 ingredients- peanut butter (obviously), candy corn (surprising!) and chocolate candy coating.
Luckily, retail is AWAYS at least 3 months ahead of the game, so candy corn is abundantly available wherever you happen to shop, the PB is a no brainer. I was tempted to use an all natural peanut butter in order to avoid extra sugar and corn syrup, but I was afraid the seperation would effect the recipe. So, I went with the "New!" Planters Creamy Peanut Butter that was on sale and Stop and Shop brand Candy Corn. Unfortunately, the store doesn't stock that Candy-Quick chocolater coating so I decided to just melt down some milk chocolate chips I had in my freezer.
It was so easy to make these bars, but the cleanup is going to be torture. The candy coated bowls are still sitting in my kitchen waiting to be cleaned. I melted down the candy corns in a glass bowl and mixed in the pb. I then realized that I didn't have any parchment or waxed paper, so I improvized and lined the pan with tinfoil coated in a bit of vegetable oil. I left it in the fridge to cool over night and this morning I was able to turn out the mixture and peel the tinfoil right off. I melted the chocolate chips in the microwave and dunked the Peanut Buttery rectangles then put them in the fridge to set. The melted chips weren't that great to work with- way too thick and the chocolate doesn't truly solidify.
These are a great substitute for a Butterfinger! The inside isn't as crispy and flaky as the original- but the taste is exactly the same and it still sticks to your teeth! I only made a few bars for now as I plan to buy some candyquick today to coat the rest.
Recipe: Homemade "Butterfinger" Bars (Source: Plain Chicken)
Difficulty: Simple (except Cleanup)
16oz Candy Corn
16oz Creamy Peanut Butter
Chocolate Candy Coating
In a microwave safe bowl, melt down candy corn. Start with microwaving on high for 1 minute and stir. Then, continue microwaving at 15 second intervals stirring in between, until completely melted. Stir in peanut butter until fully combined. Spread mixture into an 8x8 baking pan lined with parchment and allow to cool completely (I put it in the fridge overnight). Cut into small rectangles or squares and dip into melted chocolate coating. Lay on waxed paper to set.
I apologize for the lack of pictures on this post- I decided to start this blog at the last minute and only took cell phone pictures. Unfortunately, they didn't save to the phone. I'll definitely be including pictures in the future.
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